Gun store owner helps cops nab suspected gun thief

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EL CAJON, Calif. -- An El Cajon gun store owner called 911 last Friday night when he suspected a man in his store was responsible for a theft just weeks earlier and another theft at a Kearny Mesa gun store in October.

”He moved in a manner that was similar to the person who hit us in November,” said David Chong, owner of AO Sword Firearms.

Chong told Fox 5 the customer appeared to be the same man who stole $125 worth of merchandise last month.

Chong felt he had another match when he cross-checked the man in his surveillance video to the man in surveillance photos from The Gun Range in Kearny Mesa -- where a man rented a $3,000 rifle for target practice then left the store with the weapon.

“I actually referenced the Fox 5 website and saw a distinguishing tattoo on the back of his neck. I came back out, cruised the guy, looked at his tattoo – it matched. So I called 911," said Chong.

Chong kept the suspected thief busy as he waited for police to show up.

”By just engaging him in conversation, we got him to share with us photograph after photograph of $2,000 to $5,000 weapons that were on his phone. One of them matched the description of the gun that was missing," said Chong.

Police arrived and took the suspect into custody. The man's name has not been released.

”We’re just happy a gun thief – we suspect, with multiple stolen weapons that he was showing us on his phone – is off the streets," said Chong.

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